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Snapper in good numbers
  |  First Published: December 2011



There have been excellent conditions where snapper have been taken in very good numbers.

Just before this report I received a call from Dennis Harrington who said that he thinks nothing of travelling down from Springvale to a GPS mark in the Franklin Channel where he seldom misses out on a fish.

On his last trip he decided to head for his favourite spot after collecting pilchards from the local bait storage. He said that the conditions were just about perfect with a very slight breeze. After arriving on his mark he was soon into the reds and very short time had bagged out and spent the next few hours catching and releasing snapper just for the fun of it all.

There have been many other reports of good fishing in this part of the world where reds seem to be the most prolific of the fish but there have been a few good-sized gummies making up bags. There have also been a few reports of large size white pointers showing up and of course they are protected.

Since my last report the whiting situation is still improving where they are to 37cm. Best results have been in the Lewis Channel on the last half of the run-out tide and first of the run-in flow. Mixed in with the royals have been quite good numbers of salmon, silver trevally, flathead and mullet.

Outside the entrance there have been Australian salmon taken in good numbers along with good-sized flathead, snapper and the odd yellowtail kingfish.

On the other side of the inlet at Yanakie Tony Holgate who runs the local caravan park says that the fishing has improved greatly with whiting making a welcome appearance. They have always shown a liking for pipis above other presentations for some reasons but squid, pilchards and mussels are also worth a try.

With the warmer water temperatures, good-sized flathead, silvers, luderick are being taken in very good numbers. Gummies have also made an appearance in the deeper water and further good news is that those skunk sharks have made themselves scarce.

A little to the west in the same area is what is known as Shallow Inlet. This shows up as not much more than a splash on any map but always seems to fight above its weight.

Karen and Andrew run the local caravan park and say that the whiting have returned in the traditional numbers that this area is renowned for. Of course they are there all the time but are really prolific when things warm up.

Andrew says that his regulars are very impressed with the condition of whiting that have been biting best on the last half of the run-out tide and first of the run-in flow and seem to like a little bit of chop on the water.

There are also reports of gummies being taken in good numbers along with silvers, mullet, flathead and luderick as well as salmon. The belief that an east wind is no good for fishing takes a blow in this area so to speak, as it seems that the fish don’t seem to mind it at all. Of course that is unless there is a howler and then all bets are off.

Land-based fishers have also been doing very well when the tide is on the make where salmon have been taken in very good numbers on baits and lures. A fairly long walk is needed to get to where the fish are but the results should make it worthwhile but just be careful if you are contemplating a trip to the area as the incoming water can be a bit of a trap.

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